The Irish Independent ran an article today about Ireland’s employed levels growing.

EMPLOYMENT levels increased for the first time since 2007 in the last quarter of 2011 when adjusted for seasonality, new figures from the Central Statistics office show.

But there were 302,000 people out of work at the end of last year, 3,000 higher than in 2010, according to the figures.

The average unemployment figure for the whole of 2011 was 304,200, up 12,500 or 4.3pc compared with 2010.

The number of people at work in the economy fell by 15,400 or 0.8pc to stand at 1.8m in the final quarter of last year.

According to the CSO, the average employment level during 2011 was 38,100 lower than in 2010.

Economists welcomed the jobless drop in the fourth quarter.

While this is good news ,when you look closer at the data you get to see real picture unfolding. The amount of people employed rose by 2300 in the last quarter but you can also see the amount of people unemployed fell by 12,700. This appears that over 10,000 people emirgrated.Unfortunately it is the traditional way Ireland deals with economic hard times but it is typical that the media choses to ignore the news that 4 times as many people are leaving the country than are finding work.

In fact since Q1 2009, when the total workforce was 2,188,400, there are 158,000 fewer people working. Only 79,000 are accounted for in the unemployment statistics and it appears that 78,600 emigrated. THATS NEARLY 50%!!!!!

Statistics Sources: Central Statistics Office 2011 Q4 Results , Q1 2009 Results